CONNECT WITH THE EXPERTS. Our Adventure Coaches came from all over to Headlands, but share a common passion for our surroundings and thrive on connecting our guests with all Pacific City and Oregon’s North Coast have to offer. Whatever you can think of, they’re up to the challenge – from beach bonfires and bird watching to crabbing and kayaking. To plan your unique experience, connect with an Adventure Coach at adventure@headlandslodge.com or call the lodge at 503.483.3000.

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    Lauren Pahl

    A native Oregonian, Lauren takes full advantage of her surroundings, from surfing at the beach to snowboarding in the mountains. Her love of travel is spurred by her curiosity and sense of adventure – she even lived in France for a while. She loves expanding her knowledge of Pacific City and the coast so she can share even more with guests. One of her favorite activities is whale watching during a gorgeous sunset over the Pacific Ocean with her pup Jinx by her side.

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    Ryan Fox

    Ryan cares deeply about the world around him and is a certified veterinary nurse – working with penguins at the Oregon Zoo and studying bird migration throughout North America. Every morning he makes the beach a better place for visitors and wildlife by picking up trash. When he’s not out riding waves on his surfboard, he’s teaching guests about all the best parts about the beach, especially the tide pools. In his free time, Ryan enjoys crafting cocktails, brewing kombucha, fermenting kimchi and camping.

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    Sarah Schouten

    After graduating with a degree in politics, Sarah backpacked across Europe, a trip inspired by her adventurous family. Prior to joining us in Pacific City, she planned beach adventures for special needs kids, developing a passion for making outdoor recreation accessible to all. At Headlands, she thrives on making memorable vacations for guests. When she’s not swimming or hiking, Sarah can be found kicked back on the beach listening to music, baking and reading up on the natural world.

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    Laura Kulju

    A Pacific City native, Laura is a snowboarder returned home following a 12-year hiatus in Bend, Oregon, where she worked outside operations and events at Mt. Bachelor for nearly a decade. Laura loves to travel and has been around the world; she has recently lived in Barcelona, Spain –a place she considers to be her second home. She is both a veterinary technician and a student of anthropology who aspires to be a field primatologist –she has even worked as a caretaker at an Oregon chimpanzee sanctuary. In her spare time, Laura operates her own sustainable, cruelty-free farm; she enjoys volunteering her farms baby goats to visit people with disabilities. Laura loves sharing her knowledge of local areas, flora, fauna, and indigenous culture with others; and she takes pride in delivering a fun, educational and memorable coastal experience to all.

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    Michael Swamer

    Michael has been living in Oregon on and off for the last 10 years. Oregon’s outdoor offerings has continuously pulled him back from travels around the world because of its unique geography, climate, and people. He has been a life-long surfer and snowboarder, which has led him to some beautiful places in the world, but none as beautiful as Oregon. There is no experience quite like watching the sunrise on Mt. Hood’s snowy peak and ending the day watching the sun sink behind the horizon while riding the waves from some far flung storm in the Pacific. In college, he studied Geography and Photography. Maps and photographs have always been an integral part of his outdoor passions that create a sense of place for him and help reveal a story of the landscape. He is most fascinated about how a place has been shaped through time. The stories of these special places must be told because they have shaped him profoundly. Sharing these stories is an integral part of connecting people to the land, which in turn fuels a stewardship to protect these places for generations to come.

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